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If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist because you aren’t experiencing any obvious dental problems, your smile could be at risk of undiagnosed issues. We encourage you to visit the dentist twice a year for routine dental checkups that protect your smile. Dental checkups are vital to your oral health because they allow our dentist and team to screen for undiagnosed dental issues.

One such problem we screen for at each dental checkup is oral cancer, which can be very dangerous and should be treated as soon as you notice any oral abnormalities, including discolored lumps in your smile. Another risk to consider is gum disease, which often requires a highly trained dental team to realize the existing symptoms.

During a dental checkup, if we notice any signs of tooth decay, we can begin treating the condition before it results in additional dental problems. If a cavity isn’t addressed in a timely matter, it will only cause further damage and even the loss of the tooth. By attending regular dental appointments, you can receive the most conservative dental treatment possible.

Even if you aren’t due for your next dental checkup, we encourage you to visit the dentist right away if you are suffering any signs of a dental problem. Please feel free to contact the Dr. Michael Hollingsworth practice at 816.232.8788 today for an appointment with Dr. Hollingsworth if you are due for a dental checkup in St. Joseph, Missouri.